For those not in the know, as one of my favourite comedy writers Robert Rankin always says, let me explain what the Gemmell Awards are. They are awards for fantasy books, made in honour of the late David Gemmell who passed away on July 27th 2006, aged 57.
There are three categories in these awards. The first is The Legend Award, named after David Gemmell’s first and most popular novel, for the best-voted fantasy novel. Then there is the The Morningstar Award, taking its name from one of David Gemmell’s bestselling novels, which honours the author to have made the year’s best debut in fantasy fiction. Finally, there is The Ravenheart Award, also named for one of David Gemmell’s novels, which is given to the artist/s responsible for the year’s best fantasy book cover art.
In an electronic communication to me as a subscribed member of the Black Library, the sole publishers of the Warhammer novels have announced that two of their novels have made the shortlist for the awards. 'The Realmgate Wars: Warbeast' by Gav Thorpe is up for the Legend Award for Best Novel, and 'Legends of the Age of Sigmar: Black Rift' is up for the Ravenheart Award.
There are five novels listed per Gemmell Award, so be sure to make your way over to the online voting station here to cast your vote. Voting closes on 2 June 2017 at midnight (GMT). As a faithful Warhammer fan (hoping one day to grace a Black Library novel with my name on the cover), I will, of course, be voting for the two Black Library novels.